2016 Photo Contest

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Alaska Magazine’s 2016 Annual Photo Contest begins May 25, 2016 and ends August 1, 2016. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that they are 18 years old or older or have parental/guardian permission.

 

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First Light
by Matt Skinner
Category: Scenic
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Title:
First Light

Author:
Matt Skinner

Category:
Scenic

Description:
We got a late start heading to Reed Lakes out at Hatcher Pass and didn't actually arrive to Lower Reed Lake until around 11:30 pm. It was tempting to hike up to the waterfalls but the sky was flat and I was tired. Well, between my adrenaline pumping from a nice hike and my puppy who wanted out of the tent at 1:30 am, I didn't actually get to sleep until about 2:30 am. I woke up around 4 am and headed up the trail, hiking all the way to Upper Reed Lake. I spent some time there and then made my way back to the falls and just in time too. As the sun peaked the surrounding mountains it cast a beautiful light on the falls and created the amazing light beam that you see in this photo.
Description:
We got a late start heading to Reed Lakes out at Hatcher Pass and didn't actually arrive to Lower Reed Lake until around 11:30 pm. It was tempting to hike up to the waterfalls but the sky was flat and I was tired. Well, between my adrenaline pumping from a nice hike and my puppy who wanted out of the tent at 1:30 am, I didn't actually get to sleep until about 2:30 am. I woke up around 4 am and headed up the trail, hiking all the way to Upper Reed Lake. I spent some time there and then made my way back to the falls and just in time too. As the sun peaked the surrounding mountains it cast a beautiful light on the falls and created the amazing light beam that you see in this photo.